Christian elders from the north on Sunday asked the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd . ), to facilitate the release of Leah Sharibu as a “ Christmas gift” to the Christian community.
Leah Sharibu and over 100 female students of Government Girls ’ Science and Technical College , Dapchi in Yobe State were kidnapped by the Boko Haram insurgent in 2018 .
The insurgents released the girls except Leah, who is still held till date .
In a statement released on Sunday and signed by its Chairman , Mr Ejoga Inalegwu , the Christian elders on the platform of the Northern Elders Christian Forum, urged Buhari to give them Leah Sharibu as “our gift for Christmas . ”
Inalegwu said , “We plead with the President , Muhammadu Buhari , to give the Christian community of this great nation , the Christmas gift by ensuring the release of our dear child , Leah Sharibu , from the brutal custody of the Boko Haram .
“ We believe the government has the wherewithal and competency to effect her release .
“ The message of Christmas is a message of hope for a people who had lost every hope ; it is good news to revive the hearts of those in despair .
It is the good news of deliverance . ”
He added , “Our hearts bleed for our nation , a nation that has abandoned God and every godly value.
“ We call evil good and good evil, we congratulate those who steal the mandate of the people by the barrel of the gun and intimidation , we have forgotten the values of the leaders of the Yar ’ adua fame , who could look at victory to its face and say ‘ the means that brought me to power is flawed ’ .
“ Those from whom we expect a higher standard , are the first to congratulate a stolen mandate . ”
The elders also called on Nigerians to speak out against the pitiable state of the country.
“ We call on men and women of conscience to cry out loud so that the situation does not deteriorate further .
“ Dishonesty in government escalates crime and criminality .
Let the spirit of Christmas revive our ways to ways of godliness , ” the statement added .
He lamented the inequality in the country and called for immediate remedy.
He said , “ Goodness Thomas scored 302 in JAMB and 278 in post JAMB, with 6 A1 s but could not get the course of her choice because she is a Christian (News report ) .
Let the nation cry out against this injustice . ”
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